CCWC Coming Sept. 17, 2019

Tuesday September 17, 2019

Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center

Karen Mills

Cool-Down Keynote

Karen Mills has made a career out of making people laugh. She has been a nationally touring comedian for 25 years and can be heard daily on Sirius/XM comedy channels. Karen has appeared on ABC, GAC and most recently on season 12 of America’s Got Talent. Through the years, Karen has shared the stage with numerous comedy greats including Joan Rivers, Jon Stewart and Ron White, as well as opening for music legends Gladys Knight, Tom Jones and B.J. Thomas.

Karen’s smart, funny, keen observations will keep you laughing at yourself as you relate to her experiences. Even her experience with ovarian cancer couldn’t stop her from turning pain into punchlines. Diagnosed in 2013 after a routine checkup, Karen was determined to take on the disease with hope and humor. Now cancer-free, her mission is to love, laugh and take on everything life hands you with a positive attitude.  In 2016, Karen was chosen to give her talk, “Cancer is a Laughing Matter” at TEDxChattanooga.
Karen has faced every challenge with determination. She stands at 5’2” and was told more than once that she was too small to play basketball. Not only did she play, in 1981 she led the nation in assists and became the first, division 1 first team All-American in UT-Chattanooga’s history. Karen was the first UTC athlete to earn that distinction in any sport, male or female. Her #12 uniform was retired and she became the first female inducted into UTC’s basketball Hall of Fame.

Since surviving cancer, Karen has been hailed for her ability to bring humor and inspiration to difficult topics and is now a sought-after keynote speaker. Her positive message, strong stage presence, and entertaining style have landed her on numerous stages for a variety of audiences, including survivor events, women’s health conferences, commencement addresses and many more.

Whether you are looking for straight, laugh out loud comedy, or comedy with a message, clean comedian Karen Mills can inspire, energize, and bring any crowd together through the joy of laughter.